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National Rating Day 2020 - Virtual Sessions

This year’s National Rating Day takes place in the shadow of COVID 19. With venues remaining closed and working from home still the norm, we have reviewed and updated the 2020 programme and are now running three, two hour virtual sessions.

Start Date Venue Price  
14 September 2020 Virtual Conference - Session 1    
29 September 2020 Virtual Conference - Session 2 £75 BOOK
20 October 2020 Virtual Conference - Session 3 £75 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Three Virtual Sessions (Each session 2 hours CPD).
Registration from: 09.55. Event starts at: 10.00. Event finishes at: 12.00.

Booking Note: Each session must be booked one at a time. If you missed Session 1, it will be available shortly on-demand

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Having stood the test of time, in one form or another, for over 400 years, the Rating system faces significant challenges. And while, in the words of the UK Supreme Court, it has proved remarkably resilient and adaptable to technological developments and new forms of property, the question of whether it can continue to do so in the face of so much change has never been so uncertain.  Already the subject of scrutiny, and no small amount of criticism, the effects of the last few months have brought the rating system sharply into focus. This conference in 2020 more than ever, is a must attend event.

Important questions around the daily activities of Check Challenge Appeal, government policy and changes to rating law remain and must be answered. But, with a fundamental review underway and the introduction of extensive relief measures that have seen almost half of all ratepayers taken out of liability entirely, these questions are joined by more existential inquiries around the future of the rating system itself.             


  • Josh Myerson, Partner and Head of Rating, Montagu Evans LLP; Vice President, The Rating Surveyors' Association
  • Alistair Townsend, Consultant, Wilks Head & Eve
  • Dan Kolinsky QC, Barrister, Landmark Chambers
  • Tim Johnson, Senior Director, CBRE
  • Nick Cooper, Business Rates Revaluation Team Leader, Local Taxation Division, MHCLG
  • John Boulton, Manager, Technical Strategy, Executive, ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)



Welcome and Introduction from the Conference Chairman - Josh Myerson

Funding Local Government - Alistair Townsend

  • Billing authorities have been the outlet by which Government offered grants and exemptions
  • They too have had to adapt to CV19
  • But what’s been happening to their resources?
  • How has the pandemic affected their funding?
  • With the reliefs and exemptions for business, what impact has it had on local government finances and budgets?
  • What does local government seek from HMT’s fundamental review? 
  • Questions and answers

Rating Case LawDan Kolinsky QC

  • A review of cases 

Question and Answers 


Welcome and Introduction from the Conference Chairman - Tim Johnson

Rating Legislation and Rating in A Tax Context

Update and Review of Rating Policy - Nick Cooper

  • Past reviews have we had in the past 10 years, what makes this last year potentially different?
  • The report from the Treasury Select committee
  • The Scottish Barclay Review and its implementation 
  • Welsh divergence
  • Election promises from manifesto to reality?
  • Changes to NNDR and Government responses to CV19

Business Rates in the Tax Context - John Boulton

  • HMRC stats, other material in the public domain
  • How does rating fill the treasury pot and its contribution to the overall tax base
  • The impact of tax of business
  • The Government response to COVID 19, from a business perspective.
  • What does business need now?
  • COVID-19 – Businesses route to recovery, what does business need in in April 2021.  How business rates can help or hinder.

HM Treasury Fundamental Review of Business Rates: Is this the real thing? - Josh Myerson

Question and Answers